Kirsters Baish| As President Trump was leaving his very first State of the Union Address, he told a Republican lawmaker directly that he will “100 percent” be releasing a classified intelligence memo that was written by GOP members on the House Intelligence Committee.
Representative Jeff Duncan (Republican, South Carolina) can be heard saying on the C-SPAN hot mic,“[Inaudible] release the memo.”
An obscure congressional rule was invoked on Monday evening in which the GOP lawmakers on the panel voted along party lines to release the GOP-gathered memo even though there were objections from the Democratic minority. President Trump holds the fate of the decision now. He has a maximum of five days to make an objection to the release of the memo.
Even though there have been signals from the White House that they are all for “full transparency” on the memo, the DOJ and FBI are still able to lobby President Trump against the release of the memo.
If President Trump does decide to object to the release of the memo, the full House has the chance to override his final decision. They can then make the memo public. President Trump is also able to release the memo on his own anytime from now until the end of the five day deadline. The deadline began on Monday evening after the committee voted.
The memo is four pages long and was spearheaded by Chairman Devin Nunes (Republican, California.) The memo is said to detail alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and the FBI. It also names Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe alone with former FBI Director James Comey.
It has been reported that the four page memo alleges that Senior Justice Department and FBI officials in fact abused the process of getting a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the classified surveillance program, but more specifically that of Carter Page back in 2017, a former Trump campaign aide.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained during a press release on Tuesday that the Trump administration has “no current plans” to release a contentious memo which has been alleged to accuse the Department of Justice as well as FBI officials of abusing their power.
Sanders’s statement read, “Contrary to a published report, there are no current plans to release the House Intelligence Committee’s memo. The president has not seen or been briefed on the memo or reviewed its contents.”
Michael Morrison, a Republican strategist, made a report on Tuesday afternoon saying that President Trump had “ordered the release of the memo after his… speech.”